Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Worst Things You Can Say to Someone Who Just Lost a Pet

Grieving the loss of a pet is different for every single person, but it's always difficult. The support of friends and family who sympathize and care can make the grieving process easier, but a thoughtless word from someone who doesn't understand why a pet owner is just so sad can be extra hurtful.

Not sure what to say to a friend who is grieving the loss of a pet? Try this: Show up with a favorite snack, say you're sorry for the loss, share a happy memory about the beloved pet and offer to listen. In the end, you don't really need to say much of anything — but there are a few things you never want to say to someone who's just lost a pet.

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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dog stands guard for week in Washington state protecting second dog trapped in cistern

In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, photo provided by Amy Carey, of Vashon Island Pet Protectors, a setter mix named Tillie, left, watches over Phoebe, a basset hound who was trapped after falling into the cistern nearly a week earlier before being rescued by searchers on Vashon Island, Wash. A Washington state animal shelter says Tillie stood guard for a nearly a week to watch over Phoebe, only leaving her side to alert people of her trapped friend. The two were found unharmed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, after they were reported missing by their owners last week. (Amy Carey/Vashon Island Pet Protectors via AP)

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Friday, September 18, 2015

"Mom licked me! Now I lick you!" Why Does My Dog... Always Lick Me?

It’s not much of a conundrum, really. The bottom line is that most of the time, dogs will lick their people as a sign of affection. “You are the sun and the moon,” their silky tongue would have you know. “And guess what? You taste good, too!”

But much as barking can be, licking is also a multi-faceted tool that seems to play many roles in canine behavior and, consequently, tends towards many different interpretations.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

How Smart Is Your Dog? Now You Can Compare

All that energy people put into posting YouTube videos of their clever — or dumb — dogs can be harnessed for the good of scientific research.  A team at Duke University found that dog owners could competently test their pets at home for studies on canine intelligence.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Forgot How To Dog #2

"Does this look natural?"

Why is that dog looking at me?

More than one experiment has made some things pretty clear.  Dogs look at humans much more than wolves do.  Wolves tend to put their nose to the Tupperware and keep at it.  This evidence has led to the unsurprising conclusion that dogs are more socially connected to humans and wolves more self-reliant.

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Nonprofit takes pups from death row, trains them as veteran service dogs

EVANS, Georgia (WKRN) –  Dozens of veterans now have service dogs thanks to a Georgia organization. On Saturday, 36 veterans gathered at the Columbia County Library in Evans, GA to see their rescued dogs graduate from different levels of service training.

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